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Old 07-16-2007, 05:39 PM   #1
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Last weekend the wife and I went camping at the local COE campground, great place, beautiful lake, had a great time! The issue was the fact we where in a tent while the rest of the folks had travel trailers. Not Airstreams mind you, but trailers nonetheless. Sunday during breakfast was the time when the wife could stand it no more! She looked at me and said we gota get an Airstream!!! Now, Iíve been reading and listening for the better part of a year, after some trips to the local dealer, I have a good idea of what I want size wise. The question is the interior. Iím leaning for a Classic 30í, the wife, however, loves the International CCD 27FB with Ocean Breeze scheme. My wife is concerned that the interior in the Classic will be harder to maintain then the International So anybody have thoughts about cleaning and long term durabilityÖ.

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Old 07-16-2007, 05:48 PM   #2
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Bill,
When I read your post the one thing that stands out to me is this statement:

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the wife, however, loves the International CCD 27FB with Ocean Breeze scheme
I think the discussion is over.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:48 PM   #3
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First of all. I don't get why "Bill and Jean" go by "HankandLois", but that's OK, it's an inside joke.

Hank/Bill-
You want the Classic 30'. Jean/Lois wants the CCD 27FB. Do yourself a favor and compromise.

Get the CCD.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:52 PM   #4
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It's a personal choice...but I prefer the aluminum walls (of the CCDs & SE Safaris) over the carpeted ones (of the Classics). Easier to clean and keep clean IMO...think smushed bugs, dust & accidental food spills...I want to be camping, not cleaning!

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Old 07-16-2007, 05:56 PM   #5
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What kind of Tow Vehicle do you have???

That might be something to think about when looking at a 30' Classic and a 27' FB International...

just a thought...

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Old 07-16-2007, 06:01 PM   #6
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About My Tow Vehicle

About My Tow Vehicle:
2007, Dodge Ram, 2500 Laramie, Diesel

As best as I can figure...I should be able to pull just about anyting AS has!
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:06 PM   #7
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As for the Hank and Lois...we have to keep our names low key, I don't want our parents to find that we’re planning a getaway!
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:24 PM   #9
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Yup, your tow vehicle's no problemo, Bill. Guess alot of y'alls decision rests with who's going to be doing the cleaning... and maybe with the question "are you feeling lucky?"...

We have a 30' Classic (used to have the 22' International) and enjoy the extra space (size does matter) and that the bed makes up a whole lot easier without having to climb all over everything. Cleaning hasn't been much of an issue at all but we've only had it for 3 years - so far, no stains, dirt, etc., etc., on the carpeted walls. We liked the "softer" tone of the Classic vs. shinny interior of the CCD's/Safaris. Maybe just hang out for awhile in each one to get a better feel over time. See which becomes more comfortable for y'all.

Bottom line is, if she ain't happy, nobody's happy.
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Hi HankandLois (Bill & Jean),

Our first trailer was a 2004 28' CCD. One of the reasons we chose it over a Classic or Safari was the fact it would be much easier to clean since it had the bare aluminum walls and full vinyl floor.

Plus it was just a cool trailer!

Our new one is a 27' FB Signature CCD and again, it has the same benefits of bare walls and full vinyl floor.

I saw an Ocean Breeze when I picked up our new trailer at Airstream of Arkansas (shameless plug). No pictures do them justice. They are really nice!

Good luck! (My luck is better when I listen to my wife.)
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Old 07-16-2007, 06:49 PM   #11
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Your right about the pictures doing no justice, after showing the pictures to my wife she said no way! But after sitting in one she thinks it's sharp!
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We have a Safari SE - aluminum walls - very easy to keep clean. My kids love to squish the bugs on them - ick!

Last December we camped on the Oregon Coast for about a week. Cold and rainy the whole time. Sam's parents were with us and they have a Classic. Ours was harder to heat - and we had LOTS of condensation on the walls to deal with.

We just returned from a 19 day road trip - part of it spent near Lake Shasta when it was 114 - again Sam's parents were with us and ours was harder to keep cool.

At this point - we need to clean all our uphostery - just from the daily grime of the campsites and hiking and fishing and.........maybe the "leather" upholstery that you can get with the Classic is easier to clean.

We still love what we chose though. It works great for our family.

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OK from the pro Classic crowd.

Like anything what is really cool today, it may look dated tomorrow. Keep in mind from a wear and tear basis, the heavier materials used in the Classic are going to hold up over the long run. But there is a weight penalty. Also once you scratch or ding an aluminum inside wall, it's that way forever. The carpeted walls hide and protect a multitude of sin. If I lean up against one of my carpeted walls in cold weather, it;s comfortable. Lean up against aluminum on a cold wall, you will know it.

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Old 07-16-2007, 09:20 PM   #14
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I can pick any size, shape or color I want -
as long as my wife says OK .

As others have noted - "she wants" in our family equates to "we want" .

I realize that this is all tongue in cheek but in reality when it comes to good taste I trust my wife. After all, she did pick me although I have NOT weathered nearly as well as some of the other things she's chosen over time. When it comes to mechanical components it falls to me but when it comes to practicality she's the arbiter and final decision maker. So far, after over 38 years, I have no complaints about her choices.

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